Midnight in Paris - Carla Bruni and Owen Wilson
Midnight in Paris - Museum Guide (Carla Bruni) and Gil (Owen Wilson) © 2011 Mediapro, Versa?til Cinema & Gravier, Photo by Roger Arpajou, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Carla Bruni this Woody Allen romantic comedy set in the city of love was shown at Cannes last week on May 11, 2011 and gets it’s theatrical release this week.

Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen’s valentine to the City of Light.

Allen fell in love with Paris during the shooting of What’s New Pussycat, his debut film as an actor and writer. Much like Gil, the protagonist of Midnight in Paris, he’s rueful about not staying there after the filming, as others on the film did.

“It was an adventure that was too bold for me at the time,” he says. “In retrospect I could have stayed, or at the very minimum taken an apartment and divided my time—but I didn’t, and I regret that.”

Midnight in Paris – Official Information


This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives.

It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.

Written and Directed by Woody Allen. Stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen and Owen Wilson.


US release May 20, 2011


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online